Goa Congress Leader Luizinho Faleiro Quits After Praising Mamta Banerjee

Panaji : Congress leader Luizinho Faleiro Praises Mamata Banerjee before quitting Congress party. Reports state that there are signs of him Joining Trinmool Congress of Mamata Banerjee. Shortly, before his resignation from the Congress and as an MLA, he gushingly praised the Bengal Chief Minister and called her the only “streetfighter” who can give the BJP a tough fight. Faleiro served congress for 40 years.

On being questioned about party switch he told to reporters, “Mamata Banerjee has given a tough fight to Narendra Modi. The Mamata formula has won in Bengal.” He contended that now he would continue to be a ‘Congressmen’ of a larger Congress party, implying that he saw the Trinamool as the Congress offshoot best equipped to fight the BJP.

“I met some people. They said I am a Congressman of 40 years. I will continue to be a Congressman of the Congress family. Among all four Congresses, it is Mamata who has given a tough fight to (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and their juggernaut. PM Modi had 200 meetings in Bengal. Amit Shah had 250 meetings. Then there was ED, CBI. But the Mamata formula has won,” said the former Chief Minister.

Faleiro addressing Mamata as streetfighter said, “We need such fighters which are in the same party ideology, policies, principles and programmes. I would like the larger picture all Congress parties to come together to fight the BJP.”

This will be second prominent faithlessness to the Trinamool after Sushmita Deb’s crossover. Deb has been given a big role in Tripura ahead of elections next year. Faleiro is likely to support TMC in Goa where Congress is weakening and Aam Aadmi Party is campaigning aggressively.

Faleiro was the Congress’s in-charge of Tripura for the 2019 national election and could also help the Trinamool in the northeastern state where it is looking to expand its footprint and take on the ruling BJP.

Senior Trinamool Congress leaders Derek O Brien and Prasun Banerjee are in talks with Faleiro at Goa. Goa will be witnessing elections next year along with Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and other states.

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